I recently found myself rethinking where my ship is heading for the next few months, which in turn got me thinking about what I have accomplished in the past few months (eeek… first sentence of a post and I’m making cheesy sailing references – sorry about that). I set out at the beginning of 2014 with many goals in mind and what seemed to be a clear plan of how to get there….. I have accomplished many of the goals, but the ones that I didn’t get to check off my list have been weighing on my mind.
After careful consideration of why I didn’t achieve all of the goals I set out to, I realised the following truths about planning to reach your goals:
- No matter how much we plan and try to control life – we really don’t have control at all over where life takes us or the obstacles we will face along the way.
- Time waits for no man – seriously, if you don’t use your time wisely and try your best to make every minute count using the tools you have at your disposal, then before you know it you will be one year on and sitting wondering why you are still stuck in the same endless loop.
With these two points in mind I set about thinking what I could do better for the next few months to deal with the two issues above. Firstly I reminded myself of the following quote “Goals Change, What Matters Most Doesn’t Change. Align Them”. Once you have what matters most in perspective (and your goals setup around this) you can start to address the issue of how to deal with better achieving your goals and finding time to focus on them. Here is how I’ve decided to approach the issues at hand:
- There is not much I can do to change who or what controls where life takes me, but what I can choose to do is: continue planning, dreaming and working towards what I believe to be goals that would work for me. We can’t always control where we land up but we can choose how we react to what life throws at us, and I’m choosing to find a way to flourish regardless of wherever I land up. One phrase that has been running through my head over and over is Bloom where you are planted (I even found a cute little pic to save onto your phone to remind you below).
- Working fulltime means I don’t have much time to devote to the rest of the “stuff” that makes up life. This means there are very few hours in the day before or after work for: exercise, cooking, eating, loving my husband, family, playing with my furbabies, being a good friend, blogging, hobbies and so the list goes on of what fills my head. This means I need to think very carefully about what I want to focus on and then ensure that I’m spending us much possible time doing these things. Finding time (and energy) in an already busy schedule means that something’s got to give… something has to change if you are struggling to fit it all in. over the next few months I will be working on this and the first place I’m looking to “find time” is by cutting social media time (watch this space).
Have you found that on reflection you don’t seem to be getting to all the goals you set for yourself and it’s bothered you enough to sit and think about what you could do to fix this? Have you found any specific approach that has helped you along the way? Share in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.